Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark hazy reddish brown - looks thin, small creamy head. Aroma of harsh alcohol, dark fruit, and some sourness - not terribly inviting, Creamy mouthfeel, surprising given how thin it looked. Taste is..well..not great. At first. Harsh alcohol and a big sourness. Is this off? It was too expensive to be off!!! But, thankfully as it sat in the glass and as I sipped it, the true beer came out: lovely soft spice, a really nice hop bite and a good pepper character to it. Bad start, but after that, it turned in to a really nice winter warmer. Still the weakest Fantome I’ve had yet.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
These Fantomme beers are always enjoyable and tough to describe. Pours a muddy sort of reddish brown color with a thin white film head. Odd sugary vanilla smell sits on top of a cheesy and nutty notes. Funky sort of flavor has hints of vanilla, earth, young cheddar, and sugar. Not my favorite beer by these folks but enjoyable nonetheless.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No year on label or cork. ’05 I believe. Opaque brown, dark for a saison. Small yet dense, creamy, and frothy light tan head. Subtle, intriguing aroma- yeast, must, spices, alcohol, perfume, balanced malt and hops. Complex brew. Flavor- yeast is musty, spicy, sour- malt is grainy with a touch of richness- hops are crisp and bitter- earthy spices floating in the background atop a layer of ethanol. Clean, dry, bitter finish and aftertaste. Full, balanced body. Great brew.
lamas (1610) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. A hazy reddish pour with a HUGE and fluffy light-tan head. Sour aroma of cherries, green apples and some raspberries. Some vanilla beans and cheese qualities in there too. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy. Tart berries are at the forefront flavor-wise. This transitions to some brown sugar and a finish with quite a bit of warming alcohol and vanilla extract. Fairly simplistic compared to the other Fantomes I’ve had. I’m a little disappointed that this didn’t feature more of that typical Fantome barnyard funk.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge tannish white head which goes slowly. Huge nose of vanilla. Taste is sour vanilla with slight mint and chocolate overtones. Very complex flavor (amongst the best) where a lambic meets a herb/spice/vegetable. Sour minty chocolate vanilla. Alcohol blend is exceptional. Bravo. Signature taste instantly recognizable and beautiful.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep blush in color. Stable creamy thin head. Spicy, lightly hoppy aroma with some hints of cheese. Very subtle but complex layers of flavors, like most of the Fantome beers. Tart, herbal, has some fruit. Great body, clean finish. Excellent.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Voice recorder notes on New years. No way to ID date of bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice light white head. Looks good. Aroma has sour fruit, tart berries (cherries). Not bad. Body is slick and medium. Interesting flavor, not my favorite, but not too bad. Hints of bret. Sour fruit, lost of spices (pepper for one, and there were others though they were hard to pull out). Nobel hops (bitter hop finish…spicy). A good beverage but I’ll stick with the noel.
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange body, lots of yeast particles. Medium loose beige head. Flowery aroma, with nectar, yeast spiciness (pepper and Apiaceous [caraway?] notes), and apple cider. Big, estery. Slightly tart appley body, heavy on the esters, chalky and peppery, with flower petals, herbs, and a touch of brown sugar. Clove makes an appearance, though this was subtle. Overall on the bitter side, especially in the finish. Not bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of silphium....murky light brown, almost tea-like, appearance with large aerated frothy head...aroma of spices, sugary malts, lemon, and citrus hops...flavor is heavy in spice, YEAST, cloves/leaves....great palate
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 1998 vintage. Fresh bottle opened. Hazy orange hued ale having a long-lasting white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sour fruity aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with spicy, sour, light sweet malt, and fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light sour aftertaste. Nice sour drinkable winter brew, though it is an acquired taste for some.